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Tuesday, June 27, 2017 This Week's Paper
The Daffodil Festival returns to prime time

An exclusive television partnership with KING 5 Television brings The Daffodil Festival and the 80th Annual Daffodil Parade to Western Washington viewers on April 13.

The 80th annual Daffodil Festival Grand Floral Parade will be held on Saturday April 13. The Daffodil Parade is a one-of-a-kind event that travels through the four cities of Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner and Orting -- all in one day.

This year’s parade will contain more than 150 entries, including floats, bands, marching, and mounted units. The parade will be filmed in Puyallup and aired in prime time on King 5's sibling station, Kong 6/16. The telecast will begin at 7:30 p.m. and last for 90 minutes.

The Daffodil Parade is brought to you by the Emerald Queen Hotel & Casino. The 90-minute program will be aired with limited commercial interruptions from our television sponsors: Emerald Queen Hotel & Casino, Puget Sound Energy and the Washington State Fair. Airing the program later the same night will allow the parade participants and attendees to return home and watch the fun all over again.

On-site talent will include Meeghan Black, host of Evening Magazine and Chris Egan, Puyallup native and KING 5 sports anchor.

“This fantastic opportunity wouldn’t be possible without the tremendous support of four organizations that have supported the Daffodil Festival and the communities where we live," said Daffodil Executive Director Steve James. "The Emerald Queen Hotel & Casino has been a consistent partner, and having Puget Sound Energy and the Washington State Fair sponsor this telecast is a huge boost to our organization and the people of Pierce County. Finally, the support and advocacy of King Television is a partnership that we expect will last for years.”

The Daffodil Festival originated in 1934 as a celebration of the agriculture industry in the Puyallup and Sumner area. The Daffodil Parade became an annual event where the community gathered, and the celebration gradually grew to make its way through four Pierce County cities in a single day.

The parade’s centerpiece is still the beautiful golden Daffodil, but the true celebration revolves around the communities and the thousands of people participating each year. The beautiful floats, high school bands, businesses and local organizations, all hold strong ties to the streets they march, walk, and ride over in the parade. It is for this reason that the Daffodil Festival still flourishes. It continues to display community at its best.

Parade Start Times: Tacoma – 10:15 a.m., Puyallup – 12:45 p.m., Sumner – 2:30 p.m., Orting – 5 p.m.